Cruijff declines World Cup ambassadorship

29th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Former footballer Johan Cruijff has said he will not, for the time being, cooperate with attempts by the Netherlands and Belgium to secure the FIFA World Cup.

Writing in his newspaper column in De Telegraaf, former footballer Johan Cruijff has said he will not, for the time being, cooperate with attempts by the Netherlands and Belgium to secure the FIFA World Cup. The countries would like to organise the competition in either 2018 or 2022. Cruijff said that he doesn’t think the countries’ candidacy has enough support.

Last week, the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) proudly announced Cruijff as one of its ‘ambassadors’, together with other such sporting notables as Ruud Gullit and former swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband.

Cruijff’s announcement came on the same day that the Catalonian football league said it wanted to hire him as the national coach. Cruijff said he wanted time to consider the offer. If he were to accept, the post would be very much a sideline; Catalonia’s ‘national’ football team plays only one or two friendly matches each year.

 

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